Bordeaux’s Fete Le Vin 2012
So it seems we might actually be getting a summer in London, albeit, 2 months tardy! Happily, I was invited by the CIVB to Bordeaux in late June for the Fete le Vin, a bi-annual event held on the quays of Bordeaux City which features affordable Bordeaux for everyday, where they are having a proper summer.
The Fete le Vin runs for almost a week but there is plenty to do in and around the city. The first day we went on a city walk,which was great fun. The city is quite ancient and the Medieval section of town, which is very close to the river holds many fascinating nooks, crannies and alleyways with a plethora of cafes, restaurants and bars. I could have spent the day hopping from one cafe to another!
The historic part of the city itself was declared an UNESCO site in the 1990′s and the limestone buildings have recently been completely cleaned so the city is nice and bright! The city is one of Europe’s biggest 18th century architectural urban areas. You can almost imagine horse drawn carriages through the streets until one of the super modern electric trams goes gliding by.
The wines of Bordeaux are often perceived as being out of reach of most people but in reality, the Petrus’ and Cheval Blancs make up only a tiny percentage of the production of the region. The majority of the wines are made for consumption within a few years. The Fete likes to also emphasize that wine should be paired with food and this year they hooked up with Hong Kong to showcase how Chinese cuisine and French wines can go together.
I loved wandering along the quay and stopping at the various stands with my glass in hand,sampling the multitude of wines and styles. The event featured just about all the wines of the region other then the top crus. Red, white, sweet, sparkling they were all represented along with various delicacies of the region and plenty of pop up restaurants. There was loads of foie gras available and one of my favourites was duck breast with a big slab of grilled foie gras in a baguette, cost €8. I wish I could have eaten more but one duck and foie gras baguette a day was about all I could fit in.
The Fete le Vin occurs every two years and if you want to learn more about the wines of Bordeaux other than the Premier Crus, I would highly recommend spending a few days at the Fete le Vin.